Landscape detectives: developing a palimpsest approach to fieldwork

Simm, David ORCID: 0000-0002-0440-9546, Freeman, Denise ORCID: 0000-0003-1688-1757 and Marvell, Alan D ORCID: 0000-0001-8363-0793 (2024) Landscape detectives: developing a palimpsest approach to fieldwork. Geography, 109 (2). pp. 89-98. doi:10.1080/00167487.2024.2351773

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Understanding the composition and meaning of landscapes is a fundamental skill of being a geographer. This article examines how students can become ‘landscape detectives’ using a palimpsest approach to unravel the form and processes that can be obscured within a landscape. Observing, recording and interpreting a landscape from multiple perspectives can lead to a deeper academic understanding as well as facilitating a maturing of perspectives about a sense of place and the students’ positionality with that place. The palimpsest approach provides a framework that supports teachers, enriches the field learning experience for students, can be applied to a variety of landscapes and can be adapted for most levels of education. This article outlines the palimpsest approach based on coastal fieldwork involving a small group of 16- and 17-year-old students studying A level geography in the UK and provides practical suggestions for its inclusion.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landscape; fieldwork; Palimpsest; Geography; Place
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Alan Marvell
Date Deposited: 29 May 2024 10:20
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 10:30

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